Thamesmead

Stanley Kubrick put Thamesmead on the map when he filmed A Clockwork Orange on the banks of Southmere Lake.

Since then, producers and directors have flocked here, inspired by Thamesmead’s stark beauty and drawn by its close proximity to central London. Here are some of the highlights – spot anywhere you know?

A Clockwork Orange (1972)
Though filmed in locations across London, Stanley Kubrick's dystopian cult classic is most commonly associated with Thamesmead due to that scene shot at South Thamesmead's Southmere Lake. The film certainly caused a few ripples, perpetuating a negative image of the area and locals were understandably upset. As time has moved on so has Thamesmead, and A Clockwork Orange now gives the town something of an edge.

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A Clockwork Orange - a cult classic filmed on the banks of Southmere Lake.

Beautiful Thing (1996)
A beautiful story about of self discovery, Beautiful Thing shows South Thamesmead at its best, casting a warm glow over the concrete buildings, parks and community.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoneix (2007)
Thamesmead was selected by Warner Bros to be one of a handful of locations used in the film.

Watch - Thamesmead on screen

Lucozade - Made to Move advert

Beautiful Thing - film trailer

Misfits - Channel 4 series trailer

IKEA - Welcome Home advert

The Script - Millionaires music video

A Clockwork Orange - film trailer

Kaiser Chiefs - Never Miss a Beat

Selfridges: The Bard Of The Street

Kaiser Chiefs music video (2008)
British rockers, the Kaiser Chiefs filmed the music video to their single 'Never Miss a Beat' in Thamesmead. Filming took place along Harrow Manor Way - including at the Tavy Bridge, Binsey Walk, Southmere Lake and the Barge Pole pub. 

Misfits (2009-13)
Channel 4’s BAFTA-award winning show Misfits was filmed on location across Thamesmead over the course of four series, with the Lakeside Centre serving as the community centre. It follows five outsiders on a community service who get struck by a flash storm and gifted with special powers.

 

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Channel 4's Misfits during filming on the roof of the Lakeside Centre

The Script music video (2013)
The Script filmed their music video, Millionaires along Yarnton Way and in Abbey Wood. 

Victor Frankenstein (2015)
A-listers James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe filmed this creepy drama at North Thamesmead's Crossness Pumping Station – the Victorian, Grade I listed 'Cathedral on the Marsh'. Pop along and see if you can find some of the  creepy props they left behind.

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Victor Frankenstein, shot in Thamesmead's 'Cathedral on the Marsh' - Crossness Pumping Station

Adverts
From Lucozade to IKEA and Selfridges' somewhat creative 'urban reimagining' of Shakespeare, some pretty high profile brands are affiliating with Thamesmead.